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Old 09-29-2012, 06:48 PM
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Default Re: First time tying Hen Saddle hackle....HELP!!!!

Gimme half an hour our so to clear some things up and I'll post a photo tutorial of how i do it

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Start with your feather, in this case a Hebert Hen hackle
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Pull back the fibers from the tip, leaving some intact
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Strip the fibers from the left side, and all the fluff from the bottom
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Tie it in thus
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I made 5 wraps of the hackle - these have thin stems
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Fold the hackles evenly down each side and take a few wraps back to secure them
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I often find some of the fibers from the very top of the shank do not tie down well, so i just snip them off

Bottom view
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Stroked/brushed out
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